What We Love
- Plenty of original 19th-century features
- Bright, open-plan living areas for hanging out in
- A large terrace with plenty of shade
- WiFi is free
- The best rooms are on the Gran Via
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $1 per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- There’s no restaurant, but basic snacks and drinks are available
- Heating and air conditioning are (rather frustratingly) controlled from reception
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
Built in 1870 as the grand residence of Lady Dorotea de Chopitea, who dedicated her life to helping Barcelona’s poor and needy, Hotel Granvia is a characterful crash pad with a stellar location close to the Passieg de Gràcia. It became a hotel in 1935, and under the thoughtful eye of local designer Rosa Rossellón it has been fully revamped without losing its sense of place. Many original features remain, including an ornate plaster ceiling in the dining room, a grand central staircase and a first-floor gallery, but the space has been opened up and refreshed in a hipster palette of olive-green, lichen-gray and snowdrop-white.
Bed and Bath
Opened in June 2013 by Nuñez i Navarro, this petite 53-room hotel is already hugely popular for its reasonable rates and sleek decor. The guestrooms were inspired by New York lofts, with pale blond wood floors, flat-screen TVs and white tiled bathrooms (about half of the rooms have tubs). For the price they’re gems, though the duvets are a little thin in the winter and the double beds a little narrow. Guests who value space will be most comfortable in a twin room or in the Junior Suite, which has a four-poster bed and a sofa.
A lot of thought has gone into creature comforts at the Granvia. The breakfast room is designed for lingering, with sofas and armchairs flanking the dining tables, and free tea- and coffeemaking facilities provided 24/7. The library has a large communal table and long leather sofas surrounded by bookshelves. Tall patio doors open onto a large terrace with tables and chairs arranged within shady cabins, and there’s a secluded sunbathing area. Outdoor showers and a bar are due to be installed in time for summer 2014.
In the Area
Just a hop, skip and jump from the Passieg de Gràcia, the home of several of Barcelona’s most important Modernisme edifices, including Gaudí’s jewelbox Casa Batlló and his eye-boggling apartment building La Pedrera. It’s also the main hub of the city’s flagship designer stores and some of its best restaurants. Head for Tapas24 for stellar snacks by celebrity chef Carles Abellan, sample the country’s best wines at Monvinic, and feast on new wave Catalan cuisine at Cinc Sentits.
How to Get There
The Hotel Granvia is centrally located and within walking distance to many of the main tourist sites. The front desk reception staff was extremely helpful, professional and friendly. Breakfast (separate charge) was convenient for those days when we had early tickets or tour commitments. Our room was clean and the bed was very comfortable, which is so important! I would highly recommend this hotel.
Loved this hotel, the room was large, quiet, spotlessly clean & oozed charm as it was previously a private residence. The staff were lovely & super helpful. We arrived early so the luggage storage meant we could get out exploring straight away. Very convenient to get to from the airport by aerobus & short walk. We loved this hotel so much we’ve booked again for two nights for our return trip. Highly recommend!
I only stayed for one night but I absolutely loved this hotel! The single room is small but it’s very clean and the interior is modern that it felt more apartment like than a hotel.
The terrace and lounge areas are beautiful and very well maintained, the afternoon tea was delightful. The staff were all very kind and very hospitable.
The hotel is easy to access via the airport using the Aerobus, just get off a Plaça Catalonia and walk about 5 mins - if you have wifi on your phone it makes it a lot easier to find for the first time.